On February 1st, 2009, a small stroke of inspiration turned into my first blog post on tax refunds. One year, and nearly 400 subscribers and 100,000 page views later, I’m behind the wheel of a blog that will one day be among in the best in the personal finance space. I’m going for it! (are you coming?).
I’m not going to re-hash my goals for the coming year–you got a pretty good taste in my Plans for 2010 post. I’m only going to say that everything I’ve outlined is still in the works, and I am continuing to see more and more activity on Fiscal Fizzle by the day, so that’s an exciting indicator that you guys are on board.
Instead, let’s celebrate Fiscal Fizzle’s first birthday with some links and a proper GIVEAWAY!
Nothing better than a giveaway to put the stamp on a celebration! Today, you have a chance to pick up one of THREE $10 Amazon.com gift cards in under 60 seconds. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below by midnight on Sunday, and answer this simple question:
What would you like to read more of on Fiscal Fizzle?
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January in Review
It was nothing short of a wild month for me–having our first child and the sleepless nights and adjustments that come with it. To be honest, it’s been 300% better than I thought it would be, in terms of my time and my sanity. Heck, I’m still able to blog, aren’t I? Life did not end at birth, imagine that!
There was a ton of good writing in the space this month, but I wanted to highlight a few particularly juicy posts that caught my attention and should be worthy of your time. Here they are:
1. How You Spend Your Time, How You Spend Your Money (The Simple Dollar): This post really got me to think about the relationship between money and time, and how we spend and use each with respect to the other. Trent’s suggestions are spot-on.
2. Five Psychological Money Tricks That Work (Bargaineering): The links between psychology and personal finance are very interesting to me. Jim talks about five strategies that make good use of human psychology to improve your financial position.
3. Your Budget: 5 Factors That Will Determine What It Looks Like (Balance Junkie): I’m a budgeting fanatic, especially because I’m such a big proponent of envelope budgets. But this post by 2 Cents got me thinking about how unique budgets are to everyone’s own situation.
4. Don’t Tell Others How To Spend Their Money (Consumerism Commentary): As a personal finance blogger, it’s easy to fall into the trap of dispensing free advice to everyone around me, even when it’s not explicitly asked for. Guest blogger Outlaw provides interesting commentary about when to give and not give financial advice.
5. 44 Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness (Wise Bread): I mean, come on–who doesn’t want to read a post about how to make your life better? Henri at Wise Bread dishes out some awesome advice.
6. 55 Compelling Reasons to Get Out of Debt (Money Help for Christians): In reality, even one of these reasons would be…reason enough. :) But a whopping list of 55 makes it all that much sweeter!
7. My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment #2 (Len Penzo): Len rocks my world with another round of the now-famous brand name vs. generic experiments. The results are interesting, as usual.
Enjoy your reading session!
I will soon be contributing to another site with an organizing focus, something that I’ve always been interested in. Stay tuned for more information on that!
Finally, if you aren’t already, don’t forget to join my fan page on Facebook and interact! It’s a lot of fun to hear from my readers more informally.
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to celebrate the blog’s first birthday with me!
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